Readers often ask me how to select a good house. Since our work renovating homes has enabled me to stay at home, I thought a housewarming gift along these lines would be appropriate.
What follows is my reminder for those days when real estate seems like a better career than my current state: wiping the kitchen table with a recycled diaper and my son’s sneeze with my t-shirt.
Pick up a broken crayon, grab some butcher paper, and help me remember why choosing to be home is more important than choosing the perfect home:
- No matter where you live, Mom can make the surroundings cozy and clean.
- A smaller house means fewer miles walked between bedrooms at night.
- Your kids can nap on their own beds instead of a daycare’s mats.
- During the day, the public park is your private playground.
- “Making copies” refers to the number of identical sandwiches wrapped for your picnic lunch.
- A trip to the neighborhood grocery can be a field trip, not a frantic trip.
- You get to visit your garden while the sun is still shining.
- The infirmary consists of a favorite book and Mom’s lap.
- Eating “the bread of idleness” means sneaking a taste of the home made cookie dough.
- The laundry room becomes a weekday stop, not a weekend prison.
- Your children know that setting the dinner table requires more than passing out paper take-out bags.
- You get to throw a homecoming party for Dad five nights a week.
- Visitors (and angels unaware) are always welcome.
I hope this encourages any mom who's struggling to stay at home!